The clothing company claims the retailer is not an authorized distributor of its products, and is illegally using the company's pink whale trademark.
Pedro Martinez of Bridgeport has the misfortune of having the same name as a wanted man out of Texas, a coincidence which allegedly led Bridgeport police to detain him three times.
Day Pitney has announced the arrival of its summer associate class of 2017. Five law students are working as residents in the firm's Hartford and Stamford offices for 10 weeks. Four others are working out of the firm's Parsippany, New Jersey, office.
Adrian Baron said he usually recommends not representing family members, but this case was different.
With Connecticut ranked third in the nation in the rate of fatal opioid overdoses, legislators are asking attorneys to speak up and try to help reverse the worsening public health nightmare.
In its recently released decision in "Disciplinary Counsel v. Elder," the Connecticut Supreme Court did the bar of this state a great service by quite properly ending the risk that an attorney facing a grievance complaint could end up defending an ancient claim made impossible to defend by the passage of time.
The lost revenue from doubling the standard deductions would be funded by part of the increased revenue from eliminating the deduction for local and state taxes.
Milford-based Holler Law Firm managing attorney George T. Holler received the October Research 2017 Leadership Award at the National Settlement Services Summit in San Antonio, Texas.
Deference to the families of the schoolchildren and educators murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown in 2012 has gone much too far.
An attorney representing several of the families of Sandy Hook victims vaguely threatened legal action in a letter urging NBC not to air Jones' interview with Megyn Kelly.
Financial Services Roundtable hosted a regulatory reform panel Wednesday in Washington, where Covington & Burling partner John Dugan, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer of the House Financial Services Committee, and others offered observations about what's happening, and what's next.
What would you do if the FBI, or some other government agency, came knocking on your door asking questions about a client who is of interest, but not yet the subject of a formal investigation? Do you disclose details of your client's business? Do you show them financial documents and legal files?
A Ponzi scheme involving online currency has come to a crashing halt with two Connecticut technology companies hit with a $12.4 million default judgment.
The suit claims FedEx is illegally avoiding paying overtime by claiming delivery drivers are really employed by companies called independent service providers.
While social media can be a valuable marketing tool, careless attorneys can undermine the benefits of social media in the time it takes to tweet.
Capping more than five days of jury deliberations and years of debate in the court of public opinion, Bill Cosby's criminal trial ended in mistrial on Saturday, after a Pennsylvania jury failed reach a verdict on charges that he sexually assaulted Andrea Constand.
A Stamford Superior Court judge ruled there was nothing wrong with the way attorney Thomas Drew handled the eviction proceedings.
In deciding specific cases, judges often need to decide what complex or vague rules mean for similar cases. If the public can read an opinion and say, "Aha, now I know what that rule means," the rule of law is greatly enhanced.
As FBI investigators sought to clarify the motive behind Wednesday's brazen shooting attack on congressional Republicans during practice for a charity baseball game in Virginia, key voices in Connecticut's gun-control debate sounded off Thursday, while the U.S. Supreme Court was scheduled to confer over a challenge to concealed-carry restrictions in California.
The bar of the state of Connecticut lost a legendary figure with the recent death of Raymond W. Ganim of Stratford. Few, if any, lawyers had his record for success in a courtroom, particularly in state and federal criminal cases.
I feel like I'm caught is some weird, warped time loop — reliving, again and again, spectacular lawyer self-destructions. The last few weeks brought press reports of guilty pleas from several of our brethren. Change the names, and they could be any one of many, many I've seen before.
The lawsuit claims flight staff were negligent in failing to provide proper instructions when telling passengers to jump 6 feet off the plan.
Wiggin and Dana has announced the arrival of its 2017 summer associate class. The group is composed of six second-year law students, and one first-year law student who will split his time between Wiggin and Dana and the Yale-New Haven Health System.
An expert on DUI law in Connecticut, James O. Ruane has been an early adopter of the latest technology in defending Connecticut residents in DUI cases since 1988.
Early ex parte communications are permitted in mediation, and they can be extremely productive.
The lawsuit claims the woman needed to be hospitalized after the airline ignored her requests for medical accommodations aboard a flight.
The student's attorney claimed video of the accident showed the driver was doing twice the speed limit at the time of the accident.
The attorneys representing the Sandy Hook families in their lawsuit against gun manufacturers Remington and Bushmaster went after the gun makers' legal claims in their latest court filings, accusing them of being inaccurate, misleading and distorting the real meaning of negligent entrustment.
The former museum employee claims he was fired after taking six weeks of leave to treat his anxiety.
Hundreds of students, volunteers, attorneys and judges took part in the National High School Mock Trial Championship hosted by Civics First in Hartford recently.
Connecticut-bred journalist Michael Marciano is the newest bureau chief at the Connecticut Law Tribune, a post he assumed in mid-March. He has previously covered news, entertainment and sports in Hartford, Litchfield and New Haven counties, most recently as managing editor of the New Britain Herald and Bristol Press newspapers.
It is unfortunate that before the Connecticut Law Tribune's editorial board published the article "It's Time To Regulate Home Schooling" the board did not reach out to those who know the most and have the facts about home schooling. Had the board done so, it certainly would have been more informed, and the article published would have reflected more accurately existing history, law and custom.
Peter Ressler, a former partner with Groob, Ressler & Mulqueen in New Haven, pleaded guilty to stealing funds from clients in what prosecutors called a Ponzi scheme.
U.S. District Judge James Cohn lectures a woman about "alternative facts" and sends her to prison after she admits sending threatening messages.
The jury awarded the man $199,843 after he was injured in a crash with an underinsured driver.
The conservative-leaning Clement has been a go-to attorney for the NRA on gun issues.
Law firms cannot be expected to micromanage employees, and instead they rely on attorneys and staff members to perform their duties in a legal or ethical manner. However, while firms may be confident that employees will conform their behavior to applicable standards, there are inevitably times when even those most outwardly competent employees may conduct themselves with less-than-perfect ethics or otherwise make a mistake.
The driver claimed he was fired after refusing to haul a load that exceeded federal weight limits.
The state Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel has announced the following actions for the month of April.
Home schooling can be successful and healthy, work well for many families and should be an educational option available to parents. There are, however, instances of abusive or neglectful parents who are able to hide their mistreatment of their children because they home-school.
Since 1965, Connecticut has had a statute designed "to require the reporting of suspected child abuse or neglect" to the Connecticut Department of Children and Families by certain individuals who care for or interact with children.
An investor in travel site Priceline.com's parent company has sued the company for allegedly defrauding it out of millions in investment opportunities.
A quick way to lose credibility with the arbitrator is being too argumentative or trying to disparage opposing counsel or witnesses.
As practitioners shift up to an expanded use of mediation and as increasingly sophisticated mediation nuances emerge, lawyers are faced with a wider range of decisions concerning how to proceed.
Brenner, Saltzman & Wallman has hired Danielle M. Bercury as a senior associate in its real estate and land use practice groups.
Allstate could also face a lawsuit over another $150,000 tied to an underinsured motorist policy.
Nearly a quarter of the civil cases that are at least three years old are prisoner civil rights cases, many of which involve pro se representation.
U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson handed down the sentence to 62-year-old David Quatrella, who pleaded guilty in January to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
C. Andrew Riley sued Travelers for breach of contract and negligent infliction of emotional distress for failing to cover his losses after a 2009 house fire.
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen's Office scored a lead role in negotiating an $18.5 million settlement between 47 states and the Target Corp. over a massive data breach at the company that jeopardized as many as 100 million customers.
A federal judge has certified a class of nearly 20,000 California policyholders represented by Kerr & Wagstaffe in a suit claiming routine underpayment of damaged property claims.
Bradford Barneys was suspended for working as the attorney on behalf of the man who defrauded homeowners struggling with mortgage payments.
Murtha Cullina partner Robert E. Kaelin has been elected the 83rd president of the Hartford County Bar Association (HCBA), the oldest bar association in the United States. Joining him on the board is fellow Murtha Cullina attorney Melissa A. Federico.
As arbitration is meant to be relatively expeditious and inexpensive, arbitrators are generally reluctant to encourage or allow the use of prehearing motions. There are times when such motions may aid the process and should be considered. Motions in aid of prehearing exchange of information are often wanted but parties should confer with each other before contacting the arbitrator to see if there would be agreement on a discovery issue.
A number of recent events have brought me to the conclusion that we'd all be better off with a rule that makes it mandatory that someone who has a beef with a lawyer first bring their complaint to the attention of whatever judge, court, board or body that has jurisdiction over the matter before going to the grievance committee. Here are some examples and why this might be a good idea.
CBP agents can search cellphones, laptops and other electronic devices of those entering or leaving the country, regardless of citizenship.
In a characteristically unorthodox move, the president is reportedly poised to tap commercial litigator Marc Kasowitz to lead his personal legal team amid probes into his campaign’s alleged contacts with Russia.
Cyberattacks can take many forms: phishing emails, greenmail attacks, Trojan Horses and others. Many law firms concerned about this issue focus primarily on safeguarding confidential information belonging to clients in an effort to meet their obligations under Rule 1.6 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. However, one recent trend in cyber scamming creates additional risks for attorneys: attacks that are targeted on law firm trust accounts.
Jeffrey Cipriano, whose life was likely saved by his helmet, suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the crash.
Proponents of Lieberman's potential nominee as FBI director praised him for his independence. Opponents point out he is quick to placate to the president.
The federal jury found Rabbi Daniel Greer was liable of civil chargers tied to the sexual abuse of a former student.
One of the most important steps in ensuring an effective arbitration is to be fully prepared for the preliminary hearing that will be held by the arbitrators soon after they have been appointed.
The key issue was whether cocaine allegedly used by the victim the night before was a factor in the fatal traffic accident.
Despite being home to many successful firms, Connecticut isn't particularly fertile ground for law firm mergers and acquisitions. The annual number of tie-ups never reaches double digits, according to consultant data, and experts seem to agree this trend will continue for the foreseeable future in the "Land of Steady Habits."
The prescription drug company denied allegations that it falsely billed Medicaid and Medicare while agreeing to the settlement.
The tribe claims it has standing to bring the lawsuit, which claims the state illegally took reservation land.
We commend the state Legislature for its overwhelming vote in support of a ban on conversion therapy. This is about genetics; conversion therapy doesn't work and needed to be banned.
If policymakers, out of a mistaken sense of delicacy, avoid setting reasonable limits on medical secrecy, the larger society will be worse off as a result.
Remington and Bushmaster claim the families lack standing to bring the liability lawsuit, and that they are protected by a federal law.
Rio Brands claims a competitor's product on display at the National Hardware Show violates its own patent for a beach chair that folds into a backpack.
At the outset of the closely watched hearing, Circuit Judges Ronald Gould, Michael Daly Hawkins and Richard Pae kept their questions narrowly focused. But acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall was quickly called to defend Trump's motivation for the order and allegations that it discriminates against Muslims.
The Day Pitney partner discusses where he sees the Justice Department focusing its efforts going forward under Trump.
Robinson & Cole lawyer Rhonda J. Tobin has been elected a fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel.
The prospective class action lawsuit would include advanced practice registered nurses and physician's assistants at Waterbury and St. Mary's hospitals.
Connecticut's courts have long recognized the legal maxim that justice delayed is justice denied.
There is usually ample flexibility in working with the arbitrator in establishing an efficient process.
The insurance giant claims a Nashville financial management company is infringing its iconic red umbrella mark.
At best, handicapping our Supreme Court is an inexact science, but if several recent cases give any indication, I think the pendulum there is swinging in favor of attorneys in discipline matters.
The boy was accidently struck and killed by his grandfather while playing in the driveway of his home.
The insurance provider is accused of improperly denying claims for transcranial magnetic stimulation used to treat severe depression.
Of the many laudable bills wending their way through the Judiciary Committee of our Legislature, one in particular deserves our attention and support. Senate Bill 981, An Act Concerning Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation And A Special Motion To Dismiss, is an attempt for Connecticut to join some 29 other states and the District of Columbia in having a so-called anti-SLAPP statute.
On May 9, President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, the official who was leading a federal investigation into questionable, and possibly illegal, connections between Mr. Trump and the Russian government. The firing is eerily reminiscent of the "Saturday Night Massacre," the evening in October 1973 when President Nixon ordered the firing of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox.
Citing his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired FBI Director James Comey. His actions may weigh heavy on his future employment prospects, as big law firms may be wary of questions that would accompany his hiring. Still, as a prominent attorney with high-level experience in government and business, he may find a home at a law firm, as some other former FBI directors have.
John O'Brien, 53, pleaded guilty to wire fraud in December for using funds from one client to pay debts owed to others.
The 7-0 decision overturned a Superior Court judge who ruled the dog, Mellow, qualified as an emotional support animal under federal laws.
In many situations, co-defendants to a litigation may find that their interests are aligned and that they share a common goal: defeating the plaintiff's claims.
The trial judge was wrong to sanction Hartford attorney Joseph Elder because of a six-year statute of limitations for most attorney discipline cases, the high court ruled.
A trademark dispute between Wallingford-based Edible Arrangements and a New Hampshire-based company using "Edible" in its name has been settled.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has ruled that a settlement agreement between insureds and a personal injury plaintiff that assigned the insureds’ rights against their excess insurer to the plaintiff, but that also released the insureds from liability, did not trigger the excess insurer’s duty to indemnify.
Both sides portrayed the deal as a win. The settlement, if approved in July, will end eight years of litigation.
The family of Marcial Torres claimed they were never notified that landscaping work involving mulch was being conducted at their apartment complex.
Mauricio Boez suffered back injuries when he fell down the stairs in the basement of a Connecticut restaurant.
Attorney Zbigniew S. Rozbicki told the Connecticut Supreme Court that none of the judges he allegedly insulted accused him of violating professional conduct rules.
Attorney Zbigniew S. Rozbicki told the Connecticut Supreme Court that none of the judges he allegedly insulted accused him of violating professional conduct rules.
West Hartford's Seiger Gfeller Laurie has acquired Krasow, Garlick & Hadley of Hartford, bringing on three attorneys and two staff.
I was reading an article in the New York Times a few days ago about how the death of Prince, without a will, highlighted the importance of estate planning. The story did an OK job of explaining how the laws of different jurisdictions make some things tricky and explained the consequences of doing things wrong. What was missing was any suggestion that folks should talk to a lawyer.
In an amicus brief filed this week, the state attorney general urged the Connecticut Supreme Court to remand the case on the grounds that the Superior Court used the wrong gauge to measure whether the families of those killed in the shooting have standing to sue the gunmakers.
The ACLU of Connecticut filed a Freedom of Information Act request April 26 to all Connecticut police departments seeking every alternative, police-commissioned study of traffic stop data.
An Avon woman has been awarded nearly $1.4 million for burns she suffered while standing near a propane heater at a bible camp in Warren.
A decision this week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has paved the way for attorneys to—for the first time ever—bring class action lawsuits on behalf of veterans.
A case involving copyrighted images of nail polish bottles stitched onto bags has ties to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in "Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands."
The unanimous decision to overturn a Connecticut Supreme Court decision hinged on whether a tribe’s limousine driver was entitled to sovereign immunity in a personal injury claim.
The appeal of Zbigniew Rozbicki is among eight cases that will be heard by the court during its final term of the year.
Hartford's Robinson & Cole has hired Joanne J. Rapuano to serve as counsel in the firm's business litigation and manufacturing industry groups, with a focus on international trade, federal regulatory compliance matters and government enforcement.
Enacted in 1977 as an amendment to the Consumer Credit Protection Act, the FDCPA bans a "debt collector" from engaging in deceptive and abusive debt collection practices.
The Connecticut Law Tribune is accepting nominations in seven categories The Law Tribune is seeking nominees for its third annual Professional Excellence Awards.
Jasmin Rojas was a labor lawyer who previously clerked for several Connecticut Superior Court judges.
Attorney Corey Brinson is going to prison, and that's a shame.
The driver of the truck struck a bicyclist in a similar accident the year before.
The woman was in a crosswalk when she was struck by a delivery truck driven by a contracted employee.
John W. Rafal attempted to conceal secret and improper referral payments.
A satisfying expression for litigants may be "see you in court," but seasoned attorneys and judges will acknowledge some matters are better resolved before they end up on the docket.
Two people injured in the rear-end collision initially sought $575,000 for medical costs.
McHugh, Chapman & Vargas filed the lawsuit in Superior Court against Sean McHugh.
The idea for "In Praise of Litigation" came to University of Connecticut School of Law professor Alexandra Lahav when she went looking for a book to recommend to her students on the benefits of litigation, and came up empty.
Professors from some of the nation’s top law schools filed an amicus brief with the Connecticut Supreme Court saying case law clearly shows negligent entrustment applies, even in cases involving guns.
Increasingly sophisticated and readily available early processes have proven themselves to be highly effective, but they need to be further developed and refined in both the administrative and legislative arenas.
The lawsuit claims a home that was supposed to house six men with mental disabilities was forced to close its doors after the town violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act.
The award was reduced to $977,802 after the jury also found the man partially responsible for falling off a ladder while examining a roof covered in ice and snow.
Sanborn, an art attorney, recently joined Day Pitney in Hartford.
No federal law expressly prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. However, recent judicial trends have given credibility to the argument that such a prohibition exists within Title VII.
Connecticut employment attorneys can easily recite the operative filing periods for the most common claims of discrimination that stem from terminations: 180 days under Connecticut's Fair Employment Practices Act (CFEPA) and 300 days under applicable federal anti-discrimination laws (Title VII and ADA).
One of the thorniest legal issues facing employers today involves employee requests to telecommute.
There can be no doubt that the recent presidential election was extraordinarily divisive, causing real friction between even the closest friends and relatives.
At the end of last year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for the first time in 14 years updated its Guidance on national origin discrimination.
A clothing and accessories company claims another business stole a video posted on Facebook to promote sales of an incense burner.
A federal judge in Connecticut has declined to dismiss a suit against Metro-North Commuter Railroad Co. and associated defendants on behalf of a man who was electrocuted while trespassing on railroad property.
The jury deliberated for six hours before handing down the award to a man who suffered injuries to his back, arms, legs and chest in a rear-end collision.
This marks the first time Justice Gregory D'Auria has sat on a bench, but he does bring more than two decades of experience working for the state attorney general.
The patent fight is tied to a shelter people can use to stay out of the weather during outdoor games.
Representatives of some of Connecticut's top firms said they enjoyed positive growth last year and are striving for greater successes, despite a national trend toward self-representation, spurred by rapid technological advances.
The Connecticut Supreme Court rejected an argument that the drivers should be exempt from the $10.10 minimum wage law because they can receive tips.
When disputes arise out of an attorney's handling of a legal matter, the parties involved are generally the attorney and the client. It is a basic concept that attorneys are only liable to their clients for their errors and omissions. But, as is the case with most rules, there can be gray areas.
The woman claims the insurance provider ended her policy after she was diagnosed with a degenerative disease.
When testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Neil Gorsuch pointed out that judges are supposed to be more than politicians wearing robes. Amen to that. Unfortunately, in most of the country, where trial and appellate judges and justices are elected, too many times they are just that.
U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea has rejected an effort by Sherwin-Williams to use an unsigned separation agreement as the basis to dismiss a former employee's race discrimination and retaliation suit.
The makers of the Ripple Rug claim a competing company didn't even bother to remove their trademark before selling their cat toy in infomercials.
The request to freeze $10 million in assets is meant to serve as an insurance policy for the alleged victims caught up in the trafficking ring.
It's time to bring our state arbitration act to the next level and the RUAA provides the mechanism to do that.
A Superior Court judge will hear a motion to set aside the verdict next week, with both sides pledging to appeal if they lose.
The maker of the Terex Hi-Ranger, a truck with a hydraulic platform used to lift people into the air, claims a supplier's part can fail, which poses a safety hazard to anyone suspended in the air.
The predominantly blue states include New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and California.
The experience of the 23 years since ‘Simms’ shows it to be a disaster.
Perhaps Izzarelli, which was an oddball factually, was not the most appropriate case to decide whether the Restatement (Third) should apply, but Bifolck, which was a case about ordinary cigarettes, certainly was.
Attorney Leslie Gold McPadden is accused of soliciting three clients as she left Biller, Sachs, Raio & Zito. She claims the clients wanted to leave with her.
A New Britain man who was denied job opportunities at two well-known businesses because a consumer reporting agency allegedly sent his prospective employers information detailing a false criminal background has filed a federal lawsuit.
Attorney Jon B. Biller was seeking a better view of the Connecticut River. Instead, he was hit with a six-figure judgment after a judge ruled he should have known an old property easement did not apply to him.
Two ophthalmologists testified that Opticare Eye Health Centers repeatedly failed to order a test that would have diagnosed a Connecticut woman's glaucoma, a disease that eventually caused partial blindness.
While some attorneys fear the Justice Department will crack down on states with legalized marijuana laws, few believe it will target attorneys who specialize in the field.
We hope that child safety will remain a bipartisan issue in Congress, and that there will be bipartisan support for enforcing immigration law in a way that is not only humane, but that also upholds the safety and well-being of children.
As Kennedy prepares to step down after 34 years at Pace University Law School, he discusses the future of environmental litigation under a Trump administration and his thoughts on the murder conviction of his cousin, Michael Skakel.
The Second Circuit just put to rest Jacoby & Meyers' lawsuit challenging New York's prohibition in Rule 5.4 on nonlawyer investment in law firms. It's not surprising, as the challenge seemed fatally flawed in some respects
The underlying docket involves alleged ties between Felix H. Sater, the Russian mafia and Trump insiders.
Stunned by the news that President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 budget provides for completely eliminating federal funding for the nation's main source of legal aid for low-income litigants, members of Connecticut's legal aid community are taking the proposal seriously.
A Connecticut woman claims the store failed to keep its sidewalk clear of snow and ice, which caused her to slip and fall.
The Law Tribune is seeking articles for a special supplement on employment law, which is scheduled to be published next month.
The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear 15 cases, including several criminal matters and two that deal with liability related to severe illnesses, in its seventh session, which begins on Monday and ends April 6. The eighth and final session of the court's season begins on May 1.
Attorneys for a 31-year-old Ledyard woman and the city of New London have agreed to an $880,000 settlement package in the wake of a rear-end collision that left the woman partially disfigured.
"Don’t tread on me" should not be confused with treading on the press.
Thorough and exhaustive research to learn more than the limited information a juror provides about himself is not only the lawyer’s right, it is his obligation. But ex parte attempts to influence an entire pool of potential jurors is to be condemned in the strongest terms.
The lawsuit, which seeks $5 million, says the veteran's health history should have raised red flags prompting his doctor to seek a biopsy months sooner than he did.
How ironic it is, in light of Hamilton's support for arbitration, that the final controversy in his life was resolved by a much more permanent and lethal form of dispute resolution.